We’re blown away again and again at the ways in which you continually generate world-class content to serve your readers and lighten their load.
Yet we know inspiration blockades are destined to happen and we want you to be prepped and ready to knock them down and come out stronger on the other side.
Creative hacking uses outside-the-box tricks to stimulate the parts of your brain that spark ideas, strengthening your creativity muscles just like regular exercise builds your physical muscles.
This lesson lays out a three part process for helping you navigate through those creativity ruts.
1. Boost creativity by cultivating a lifestyle of creative habits like setting aside time for idea generating, doodling for mental breaks, and lots more!
2. Harness innovation using brainstorming exercises like mind-mapping, reversing assumptions, and putting together a collage.
3. Filter your ideas for the highest ROI for your time and resources using tools like an evaluation graph.
Don’t get caught off-guard the next time you find yourself up against a brain block. Prep beforehand using Creativity & Data’s sixth lesson: Creative Hacking!
Step 1: Watch the Creative Hacking video
Breakdown of topics:
[1:00] Boost your creativity by cultivating a creative lifestyle
[1:33] Become a Renaissance person
[3:29] Schedule time for creative thinking
[5:22] Break out of expected patterns
[6:58] Step away from the problem
[8:52] Have fun
[9:58] Avoid censoring yourself
[11:02] Harness innovation with exercises for brainstorming content ideas
[11:16] Identify problems
[12:45] Question everything
[14:45] Make connections
[16:44] Go beyond the obvious
[18:12] Simplify your ideas
[20:18] Visualize your ideas
[22:12] Find inspiration from others
[23:36] Filter for the best ideas by qualifying
[23:45] Qualifying by quantifying
[24:19] Review and prioritize ideas by asking questions
[24:57] Narrow down ideas with an evaluation graph
[26:03] Qualify ideas by using your intuition, experimenting, failing, and having fun
Step 2: Download and complete the Creative Hacking workbook
Catch up on the series:
Part 1: Intro to Data — learn about the creative process and how data can be a compass for creating stellar content
Part 2: Google Trends — compare keyword phrases and discover longevity, seasonality, and user intent
Part 3: Keyword Research — rank higher in search with these recommendations for keyword tools, inspiration, methods, and a game-changing system for optimizing old content
Part 4: Niche Industry Research — uncover exclusive information and stand out from your competition by using niche industry research to enrich your content
Part 5: Social Media Inspiration —harness insights from the billions of users on social media deciding what’s popular in real-time to inspire your content creation and connect with readers
Discover how to use platforms like Amazon, Pinterest, and Google to leverage relevant content ideas in our final Creativity and Data lesson: Creative Resources!